According to UW Athletics, Jack Cichy will miss the 2017 Season after suffering a torn anterior curate ligament (ACL.) The injury occurred during practice Tuesday and he is scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday.
Cichy was set to have an All-American season. The Badgers were ready to rely on Cichy, following his injury-plagued 2016 season where he missed most of the season after tearing his left pectoral muscle. Cichy earned All-Big Ten honorable mention last season, in spite of missing the Badgers’ seven final games. He recorded 60 tackles, including seven tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.
“You hate it for Jack,” Coach Paul Chryst said. “You only get so many chances to play this game and you never want to see a guy miss any of those opportunities. He’s one of the leaders of our team and I know he’ll be a big part of what we do moving forward this season.”
Cichy was voted team captain this season along with Michael Deiter, D’Cota Dixon, Troy Fumagalli and Conor Sheehy. Cichy was also on watch lists for the Badnarik Award and Nagurski Trophy for top defensive players in the country, Butkus Award for top linebackers in the country and Lott IMPACT Trophy this preseason.
Cichy’s injury will leave a large gap at the linebacker position, especially with the likes of Vince Biegel and T.J. Watt graduating to the NFL. The injury will place a heavy workload on T.J, Edwards, Chris Orr (also returning from a season-ending injury in 2016), Leon Jacobs and Ryan Connelly, who has been listed on the fall camp’s injury report as well.